IDW, BOOM! And Valiant Layout Their Plans For Wondercon

IDW-Publishing-LogoIDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment and BOOM! Studios have released their plans for this weekend's Wondercon being held in Anaheim, CA. IDW will be at booth #1109 that will include Traveling Stories, a San Diego-based non-profit committed to spreading literacy through community engagement. BOOM! is set up at #1301 and Valiant at #1019.

IDW exclusives include:

Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 Kevin Eastman B&W Variant – $10 each
Ghostbusters 101 #1 Con Exclusive Photo Variant – $10 each
Transformers vs. G.I. Joe Movie Adaptation Tom Scioli Variant – $10 each
Wynonna Earp "Deluxe Pack" of comics – $25 each
Jack Kirby's Fantastic Four Artist's Edition Variant cover edition, signed & numbered by Joe Sinnott – $150 each
Ditko Unleashed special edition with slipcase and additional book (Ditko Index) – $120 each

They will also have signings with creators all weekend long:

Friday March 31st

1:00 – 2:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Chris Ryall, Nyambi Nyambi
2:00 – 3:00 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency – Arvind Ethan David, Chris Ryall
3:00 – 4:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris Mowry
3:30 – 4:30 Insufferable – Mark Waid
4:00 – 5:00 The Biggest Bang – D.J. Kirkbride
5:00 – 6:00 Transformers – John Barber, Livio Ramondelli, Mairghread Scott
5:00 – 6:00 M.A.S.K. – Brandon Easton
6:00 – 7:00 G.I. Joe – Aubrey Sitterson
6:00 – 7:00 Star Trek – Scott Tipton

Saturday April 1st

10:00 – 11:00 Back To The Future – John Barber
10:00 – 11:00 Edward Scissorhands – Drew Rausch
11:00 – 12:00 Love is Love HOUR ONE – Daniel Beals, Elsa Charretier, Christos Gage,
Sterling Gates, Marc Guggenheim
12: 00 – 1:00 Love is Love HOUR TWO – Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, James Tynion IV, Joshua Yehl
1:00 – 3:00 Wynonna Earp – Kate Drummond, Tim Rozon, Alexandra Zarowny
3:00 – 4:00 Star Trek – Mike Johnson, Ryan Parrott
3:00 – 4:00 ROM – Christos Gage, Chris Ryall
4:00 – 5:00 The X-Files: Deviations – Amy Chu, Cat Staggs
5:00 – 7:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)

Sunday April 2nd

10:00 – 11:00 God Is Disappointed In You – Mark Russell
11:00 – 12:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe – Chris Mowry
12:00 – 2:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Bobby Curnow
(*Check out the show exclusive variant!)
2:00 – 3:00 Powerpuff Girls – Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
3:00 – 4:00 Love is Love – Marc Andreyko, Cecil Castellucci, Sina Grace, Nyambi Nyambi

And join us throughout the weekend at these panels!

FIND YOUR HERO with IDW PUBLISHING's WonderCon panel!
Friday, 3/31/17, 4:30p.m. – 5:30p.m., Room: 213
On the lookout for your new favorite comic? Want to hear what's next from the company that publishes everything from Transformers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Star Trek to Back to the Future? Then don't miss this panel, where Chris Ryall, David Hedgecock, Sarah Gaydos, Aubrey Sitterson, Scott Tipton and some VERY special guests make you an insider.

IDW Entertainment Presents: Spotlight On Wynonna Earp
Saturday, 4/1/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 208
The breakout hit of 2016 returns to WonderCon! Join the cast and crew of the show that Variety named one of 2016's Best New Shows as they reveal what's in store for season two!

IDW Portfolio Review
Saturday, 4/1/17, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m., Room: 206
An IDW editor will review your artwork and offer advice on your portfolio.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: A Shell of a Good Time Panel Bonanza
Saturday, 4/1/17, 3:30p.m. – 4:30p.m., Room: 213
The current TMNT brain trust of Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz and Bobby Curnow discuss the Turtles' past, present and the threat from Dimension X looming in their future! Also announcing new creators and TMNT projects for 2017 and beyond!

IDW's Archival Artbooks Panel
Saturday, 4/1/17, 5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room: 208
IDW has been blazing the way in Archival collections, from Artist's Editions to the Marvel Artist's Select books and beyond! Join IDW's Greg Goldstein, Chris Ryall, and Scott Dunbier, and more special guests to discuss what's come so far and, most importantly, what's coming next!

IDW's Hey, Kids! (of All Ages) Comics Panel
Sunday, 4/2/17, 11:30a.m. – 12:30p.m., Room: 213
IDW is the home for the best comics for fans of all ages, from My Little Pony to Skylanders to Disney and the Ninja Turtles. Not only will there be free comics for kids but also fun, and insightful details on all of the many kids comics, courtesy of editors extraordinaire Sarah Gaydos and Bobby Curnow! And don't forget kids, come with questions for the panel on how to make your VERY OWN COMICS!

BOOM! Studios will have the following exclusives:

planetSteven Universe (2017) #1 – Cover by Missy Peña (Adventure Time)
Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #1 – Cover by Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp)
The Power of the Dark Crystal #1 – Cover by Mike Huddleston (The Strain)
WWE: WrestleMania 2017 Special #1 – Cover by Rahzzah (Totally Awesome Hulk)
Godshaper #1 – Cover by Jonas Goonface
Over the Garden Wall Vol. 1 Limited Edition hardcover, featuring a cover by Kevin Jay Stanton (Adventure Time)
The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China and The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, featuring bookplates autographed by director John Carpenter (limited to 100 copies).

—Appearing at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1301) throughout the weekend will be:

Friday, March 31
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
3:00-3:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

Saturday, April 1
11:00-11:50 AM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Joyride, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials: The Official Graphic Novel Prelude)
5:00-5:50 PM // Ryan Parrott (Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock)
6:00-6:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)

Sunday, April 2
11:00-11:50 AM // Ben Acker and Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)
12:00-12:50 PM // Matt Daley and Trevor Crafts (Lantern City)
1:00-1:50 PM // Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal)
2:00-2:50 PM // Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle)
4:00-4:50 PM // Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna)

—In addition, Chrystin Garland (Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems) will be available at the booth all weekend selling sketches on blank covers for Steven Universe, Adventure Time, and Over the Garden Wall comics.

—BOOM! will present and participate in the following panels at WonderCon:

Friday, March 31
BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
Discover YOUR new favorite comic book series in the panel designed for everyone, from new fans to longtime readers to anyone who loves comics! Join BOOM!'s top editors and creators as they explore the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia with exclusive previews, news, and the information you need to discover your next obsession.
Moderator: Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios(
Panelists: Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios); Simon Spurrier (Godshaper, The Power of the Dark Crystal); Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle); Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna); Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City); Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, & Andrew Miller (Death Be Damned)

DISCOVER WHY YA IS THE FUTURE OF COMICS
5:30p.m. – 6:30p.m., Room 208
YA dominates film, TV, books and comics, with original stories aimed at middle-grade and young-adult audiences creating legions of devoted fans all over the world. Join some of the most popular new voices in comics as they discuss the importance of YA, how to bring new readers to comic books, and the bright, diverse future of entertainment.
Moderator: Dafna Pleban (Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: James Dashner (Maze Runner), Hope Larson (Goldie Vance, Compass South), Delilah S. Dawson (Ladycastle, Hit, Star Wars: The Perfect Weapon), Sam Sykes (Brave Chef Brianna), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, The Changing Girl; The P.L.A.I.N. Janes; Boy Proof), Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, Misfit City), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), Shannon Watters (Editor, BOOM! Studios; Lumberjanes)

Saturday, April 1
DISCOVER THE SECRET TO REINVENTING POP CULTURE
10:30a.m. – 11:30a.m., Room 208
There's never been a better time to discover new visions of your life-long favorite characters in comic books, but what's the secret to modernizing and diversifying beloved mythology without losing fans? Find out just what it takes to turn your favorite TV show, movie, and more into a successful comic book that balances entertaining long-time fans and bringing in new readers with an eye to the future of entertainment.
Moderator: Bryce Carlson (Managing Editor, BOOM! Studios)
Panelists: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman), Sarah Kuhn (Clueless), Simon Spurrier (The Power of the Dark Crystal), Christina Strain (Generation X), Ryan Parrott (Saban's Power Rangers: Aftershock), David Walker (Tarzan on the Planet of the Apes), Christos Gage (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11)

DISCOVER THE MUSIC OF COMICS
2:00p.m.-3:00p.m., Room 211
The hottest new bands are all in…COMIC BOOKS? Music and comics have always been intertwined but 2017 is bringing even more of a musical influence to your favorite graphic fiction. Join Patrick Reed from Comics Alliance and top creators to discuss the unique relationship between musicians, comic creators, and how to authentically combine two of the most powerful forms of entertainment.
Moderator: Patrick Reed (Comics Alliance)
Panelists: Simon Spurrier (Godshaper), Sam Humphries (Jonesy, CBGB), Jasmine Amiri (Editor, BOOM! Studios), Amy Chu (KISS)

Also on Saturday, WonderCon and BOOM! Studios join forces to honor writer Simon Spurrier with his own spotlight panel:

SPOTLIGHT ON SIMON SPURRIER
5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m., Room 211

Everyone's favorite tea-chugging Eisner loser Si Spurrier (X-Men Legacy, The Power of the Dark Crystal, Doctor Who) will be presenting his acclaimed lecture/essay/presentation thingamabob, confusingly titled "The Pluripotent Panel." Gasp as he reveals the cosmic potential of the comic book form! Self-congratulate as you learn the sophisticated secrets of your chosen medium! Puke with laughter as he gets his slides muddled and has a breakdown on stage! Live-tweet your awkward questions about crumpets, Brexit, and fractal narratives in a bonus Q&A session! (N.B.-Probable sweariness. N.B.#2-Then, pub.)

Sunday, April 2
COMICS ARE FOR KIDS, TOO!
3:30-4:30pm, Room 210
Comic Books are for everyone and that includes the youngest readers just learning about the world of four-color fantasy! Join the Creators of the hotly anticipated 2graphic novel (Matt Daley, Trevor Crafts, Arlene Daley, and Ellen Crafts) for an interactive workshop where you and your school-age children will get hands on and make your own comic and leave with some fun surprises, too!
Panelists: Arlene Daley, Matt Daley, Ellen Crafts, Trevor Crafts

—And lastly, for aspiring comic book artists, BOOM! will participate in a Portfolio Review taking place on April 1, 3:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. in Room 206B. Please bring sequential work relating to all-ages content as well as out-of-the-box ideas, plus cover art, color art, and materials showing off your personal style. No story pitches, please.

And Valiant will have a few exclusives of their own:

xo2017_001_variant-golden-apple_sienkiewiczX-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – Golden Apple Exclusive Variant by Bill Sienkiewicz
SECRET WEAPONS #1 SUMMER PREVIEW – Cover Art by Raul Allen
X-O Manowar T-Shirt from Jack of All Trades – Artwork by Lewis LaRosa
X-O Manowar T-Shirt from Jack of All Trades – Artwork by Monika Palosz

 

Their signings will include screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival), writer Jody Houser (Faith), and artist Marguerite Sauvage (Faith).

And their panels:

Friday, March 31st at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the VALIANT 101: THE STORY STARTS HERE panel presentation! New to the Valiant Universe? Jump on board right here with a concise and fun-filled introduction to the origins and adventures of Valiant's greatest and most iconic heroes – from BLOODSHOT and DIVINITY to FAITH and HARBINGER RENEGADE to NINJAK and X-O MANOWAR! From The A.V. Club to Buzzfeed and Entertainment Weekly and dozens more, Valiant has been hailed as the premier superhero publisher in comics today… Now, look no further than this panel of Valiant all-stars to find out where to start!

Saturday, April 1st at 12:00 p.m. PT in Room 211 for VALIANT DIGITAL: NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE AND BEYOND! Join Valiant's own Dinesh Shamdasani, directors Aaron & Sean Schoenke, cast member Kevin Porter (Armstrong), Hyper RPG's Zac Eubank, and special surprise guests as they collide MI-6's deadly assassin against a gauntlet of Valiant's most formidable heroes in never-before-seen footage from NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE – the bone-shattering, live-action series coming in 2017!

Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm PT in Room 209 for the VALIANT: THE ROAD TO HARBINGER WARS 2 panel presentation! The road to Valiant's biggest, most ambitious and most impactful comic book event of all time starts right here at WonderCon with a superstar cast of Valiant creators and staff! Jump on board here to find out what the future holds for HARBINGER RENEGADE, X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, FAITH, DIVINITY, NINJAK, and the rest of Valiant's most powerful heroes…and how the coming of HARBINGER WARS 2 will soon be felt across the entire Valiant Universe with never-before-seen artwork and announcements!

Sunday, April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. PT in Room 208 for the VALIANT: 25 YEARS OF X-O MANOWAR panel presentation! This March, Valiant celebrates 25 years of its most enduring comic book icon as best-selling writer Matt Kindt and a rotating cast of powerhouse interior artists launch a stunning new beginning in the all-new X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1! Now, right here at WonderCon, join a blockbuster roundtable of Valiant's greatest talents for an in-depth discussion of X-O Manowar's landmark place in comics history…and a special look forward at the must-read new series of 2017!

 

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.

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